Arrillaga Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Arrillaga Foundation supports higher education, health, and human services through programs Menlo Park and the greater Bay Area.

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, health organizations, human services, programs in Menlo Park

IP TAKE: The city of Menlo Park and Stanford University are important to this foundation, although health organizations and human service programs see some support too.

PROFILE: Established in 1978, the Arrillaga Foundation is the foundation of John Arrillaga. With his business partner, Richard Peery, John Arrillaga made his fortune in Silicon Valley commercial real estate. Arrillaga and Peery bought farmland and transformed it into highly coveted office space that Google and Apple now call home. Arrillaga’s daughter, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen launched her own foundation to encourage collaboration among philanthropists, but she also serves as a director and board member for her father’s foundation. Arrillaga’s son, John Jr., also serves on the Arrillaga Foundation board. The founder’s grantmaking areas of interest include higher education, health organizations, human services, and programs in Menlo Park.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. John Arrillaga keeps a relatively low profile about his grantmaking, with a few exceptions. John has regularly gives to his alma mater, Stanford University, to support university projects and student scholarships. He has also supported Menlo School in Atherton, California and the City Menlo Park to construct gyms. Higher education institutions, human services organizations, and health organizations are also considered as Arrillaga grant recipients. Arrillaga, through his foundation typically makes between 25 and 50 grants per year.

This foundation often makes million-dollar grants, and the foundation’s annual giving is often between $1 million and $5 million. Learn more about local giving by examining the funder’s recent tax records. The San Francisco Bay area is a big giving priority, but the funder is known to support causes outside the region as well.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The phone number for the foundation is 650-618-7000.


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